ACCESS GIVEN ONLY TO ORTHODOXY IN CUBA
the link is here and it is in greekhttp://users.forthnet.gr/pat/glg/Pages/kuba.htm
i will try my best to translate here:
Many people had the same question in their minds when during the opening of the St Nicholas Church in Havana in May 2004
"So how many Orthodox people live here in Cuba? Why all this trouble for 40 Greeks and some old Russians that are stuck here since the Soviet Era.."
But the work of this sudden "change" in the Cuban government wasÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š part of a plan our mighty and mysterious GOD had
Today, 130 Cubans have been baptised as Orthodox and 75 are attending catechisis every Wednseday and Saturday to prepare themselves for baptism. And amongst them, a young professor of Unversity of Havana, who with his young wife have been both baptised and married at the Othodox church of ST Nicholas last Easter. His name now is Athanasios, he learned Greek out of love for Orthodoxy and he is catechizing 40 young Cubans, teaching them Greek, and he has formallyÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š asked to become a priest in the first church of Cuba.
There is also another Cuban, a student of fine Arts who was blinded 2 years ago due to a rare illness of the central optic nerve..
Some friend brought him to church, met with the priests of the church and they supported him. Now he is preparing to get baptised only when, as he says " will be prepared ehough, through fasting and praying as everybody else is during catechisis"
As said by the Greek newspapers, Fidel's closest collegue, University professor Victor Leal, who visited Mount Athos with the metropolitan of Panama father Athinagoras, stated that "Besides the Othodox Theologic Academy the Cuban government will build in Havana, one more building will be provided for the opening of a library and the new Institute of greek-orthodox studies"
Mr Leal, who visits every day the new church, happend to witness the baptism of 14 cubans and stated:
"Today, no other church in Cuda, neither the Roman Catholics nor the Protestands, do the candid and responsible work that you Othodox do. You are the liveliest church, and the people of Cuba appeciate this.."
During the last visit of the Ecumenical Patriarch, Fidel Castro asked the Metropolitan father Athinagoras if he could visit the jails and talk to the prisoners about patience, repentance and hope for a new life within the orthodox belief
this point we have to mention that up until today, the athiest and marxist regime of Havana, in the past, never permitted to any priest of any religion to visit and communicate with the prisoners!